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Digital Policy and Capacities 

As the use of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, become more widely used individually and institutionally, UNESCO seeks to build the capacities of Member States and stakeholders to understand and leverage these technologies, while respecting and protecting human rights.

UNESCO takes an evidence-based, consultative and multistakeholder approach to capacity-building and policy advice, framed by a Human Rights-based, Open, Accessible, Multistakeholder (ROAM) approach.

For the Judiciary

UNESCO Global Judges Initiative
Global MOOC on AI and the Rule of Law

For ICT Ministries

Digital Transformation and AI Competency Framework for Civil Servants
Africa AI Needs Assessment Survey

Upholding the Rule of Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Judicial systems worldwide are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyze large amounts of legal data to help lawyers identify precedents in case law, enable administrations in streamlining judicial processes, and support judges with predictions on issues including sentence duration and recidivism scores. The emergence of legal analytics and predictive justice has implications for human rights as AI systems’ opaqueness can go against the principles of open justice, due process and the rule of law.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on AI and the Rule of Law is an introductory course engaging judicial operators in a global and timely discussion around AI’s application and impact on the rule of law. Structured around six modules, it unpacks the opportunities and risks of the increasing adoption of AI technologies across justice systems and AI’s impact for the administration of justice, particularly concerning human rights and AI ethics and governance issues.

The course is developed by UNESCO and The Future Society, with the support of Cetic.br|NIC.br, the National Judicial College, and IEEE SA. It was made possible by the kind contributions of the UNESCO Multi Donor Programme on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists (MDP) and the Open Society Foundations.

Publications

Artificial intelligence needs assessment survey in Africa
UNESCO
2021
UNESCO
0000375322
Steering AI and advanced ICTs for knowledge societies: a Rights, Openness, Access, and Multi-stakeholder Perspective
UNESCO
2019
UNESCO
0000372132